Neil S. Sachanandani, ., and colleagues at the Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, assessed the effects of budesonide on adrenal function in nine patients between 2005 and 2006. Participants were instructed to use a nasal wash composed of milligrams of budesonide and 5 milliliters of saline in each nostril once daily for 30 days. At clinic visits before and after the treatment period, participants completed a questionnaire assessing their rhinosinusitis symptoms and related quality of life. Their cortisol levels were measured after injection with cosyntropin, a compound that stimulates the release of cortisol by the adrenal glands—a standard method of testing adrenal function.
Epidural steroid injections are most commonly used in situations of radicular pain, which is a radiating pain that is transmitted away from the spine by an irritated spinal nerve. Irritation of a spinal nerve in the low back ( lumbar radiculopathy ), such as from lumbar spinal stenosis , cervical spinal stenosis, herniated disc , and foraminal encroachment, causes back pain that goes down the leg. Epidural injection is also used as a minimally invasive procedure to treat nerve compression in the neck (cervical spine), referred to as cervical radiculopathy , which causes pain.
Foods high in amino acids may also bump up HGH production in your body. Your basic protein-packed meats (such as chicken, beef, pork, and fish) are good places to start, and dairy products (such as milk, cheese, and yogurt) can also provide the nutrition you need to encourage HGH secretion. A 2008 study published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition reported that choline, a neurotransmitter, may boost production of growth hormone, so be sure to add foods that are high in choline, such as eggs and shrimp, to your training table.